The Good The Sony KDL-EX523 series is relatively inexpensive for an LED-based LCD TV. It delivered decent black-level depth and very good video processing, including the ability to handle 1080p/24 sources. Its cinema preset provides decently accurate pictures out of the box. Sony's automatic turn-off feature saves power and its matte screen reduces glare in brighter rooms. The TV has solid Internet services, including built-in Wi-Fi, numerous niche videos, and exclusive Qriocity and Gracenote.
The Bad The Sony television exhibits murky shadow detail and blue tinge in dark areas. Uniformity is a problem with large gray splotches across black screens.
The Bottom Line The Sony EX523 series produces a solid though workmanlike picture at a price that competes well against similarly featured LED TVs.
Sony Bravia KDL-EX523
Just as it was at the height of the cathode-ray television's popularity, themark is a sweet spot for flat-panel TV purchasing today. Back then Panasonic and Sony were much more popular than LG or Samsung, but things have changed.
Sony has typically been a peg or two more expensive than its rivals but is now producing some value-conscious, high-enough-quality screens. The Sony EX523 series is an example of a television with a decent feature set and image quality that stands up well against the competition. It's an LG LV5500, although each has its strengths and weaknesses. If you're a stickler looking for accurate colors or are bothered by uniformity issues it's not the TV for you, but otherwise the EX523 represents a solid value.that performs about as well as the
Series information: We performed a hands-on evaluation of the KDL-46EX523, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series. All sizes have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.
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